2016 Kia Forte vs. 2016 Volkswagen Jetta

When it comes to compact cars, we have a battle royale with a side-by-side of the 2016 Kia Forte vs. 2016 Volkswagen Jetta on our hands. On the one hand, in the 2016 Kia Forte you have a vehicle that comes with a slick-handling 1.8L or 2.0L engine, climate-control options like heated seats, and value aplenty. On the other hand you have the 2016 VW Jetta, a vehicle with base models that check in with a feeble 1.4L engine but that get nice fuel economy.

Volkswagen has long had a reputation for designing durable, well-made cars, but if you look at the exterior design, the 2016 Jetta looks pretty out-of-date, with a square aesthetic and humdrum accents. The 2016 Forte is by no means an Italian sports car, but it does have a bold, vigorous look, with the Kia "tiger nose" front grille adding character, as well as low-set fog lights and an available chrome exhaust tip. With the Forte, you not only have superior design, you have a vehicle that is the basis for Forte Koup models that win Pirelli World Challenge races. And the 2016 Forte comes at a lower price than the competition's pricing for the VW Jetta, with Friendly Kia VIP prices starting around $13,470, compared to the 2016 Jetta's $14,565 price tag at the competition.

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2016 Kia Forte Vs. 2016 Volkswagen Jetta
$13,470 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $14,565 (The Competition)
173 Top HP 170
96.2 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 94.1
Yes Available 7-inch Touchscreen? No
10-yr/100k-mile powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper  Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper

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And while you're enjoying the savings with the 2016 Kia Forte, you'll also like its available features, like voice-command navigation with a seven-inch color touchscreen in top-line EX models, ensuring you'll make it to where you're headed. The 2016 Jetta's largest touchscreen is 6.3 inches, and when you're trying to make it to a wedding or a party somewhere in a new city, size does matter.

Numbers matter, too, like the length of the warranty Kia backs the 2016 Forte with: An industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain coverage and five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage, so your parts will be replaced long after Volkswagen's warranty coverage (five years for powertrain and three years for bumper-to-bumper) runs out for the 2016 Jetta.

We carry the Kia Forte on the lot at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us so you can take the Kia Forte for a test drive and fall in love today. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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